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UTAH
Population: 2,233,169

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Contacts| Regulations, Statutes & State Codes | Quick Facts | Septic Stats

Onsite Demonstration Programs | Onsite Management Communities

 

 

Contacts:
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Kiran Bhayani
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Division of Water Quality
PO Box 144870
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
(801) 538-6080
(801) 538-6016 (fax)
kbhayani@deq.state.ut.us

http://www.deq.state.ut.us/

 

Regulations, Statutes & State Codes:
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Utah State Regulations

Utah Constitutions, Statutes and Codes

Individual Wastewater Disposal Systems
Utah Administrative Code
R317-501 to R317-513
September 1, 2001

Onsite regulations for Utah were last amended September 1, 2001. Currently, regulations are under revision, with an expected effective date of January 2000. Utah does not currently follow performance-based Codes, but the State is considering their implementation.

In Utah, chamber systems and mounds are permitted for repair, replacement, or new construction. No technologies are allowed by variance.

Surface discharge is not an option for onsite disposal systems in Utah.

No funding source exists to assist homeowners either replacing failing systems or installing new ones, nor are there plans to develop such a mechanism. Questions may be directed to Walt Baker at the address or phone number given above. E-mail is wbaker@deq.state.ut.us

There are currently no onsite wastewater demonstration, research, or testing projects ongoing in Utah.

Utah Code requires management programs for alternative systems.

The State has not formed a public utility type company or entity for OM&M, nor are there plans to do so.

Utah Code does not allow for drainfield area/size reductions.

No State level onsite certification or licensure exists for wastewater professionals, and there are no plans to develop a program. However, training is provided through the onsite training center at Utah State University for contractors, installers, inspectors, pumpers, designers, engineers, geologists, and operators.

 

Quick Facts:
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Total number of onsite systems: 85,000+; 1990 U.S. census reports 65,000.

Number of new systems installed each year: 3300-3500.

Failure definition: surface expression of effluent, overflow from components, backup, systems
not complying with discharge standards.

Number or proportion of systems presently failing: several hundred estimated (per annum).

Number or proportion repaired annually: 70 estimated.

Number or proportion replaced annually: 30-150 estimated.

Number or proportion of repairs or replacements that require alternative technology (e.g.,
sand filters, pressure dosing):
Virtually none.

Number or proportion of repairs or replacements that require advanced technology (e.g.,
disinfection, nutrient removal):
Virtually none.

Cost of a conventional septic system installation: $2000-$3000, range $1200-$6000.

Cost of a centralized sewer tie-in (including fees and cost of the sewer lateral): $5000.

 

Septic Stats:
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TOTAL PERSONS TOTAL HOUSING UNITS PUBLIC SYSTEM DRILLED WELL DUG WELL OTHER PUBLIC SEWER SEPTIC TANK OTHER MEANS
UTAH 1,722,850 598,388 573,222 17,106 1,416 6,644 528,864 65,403 4,121
COUNTIES
BEAVER 4,765 2,200 1,765 315 19 101 1,621 519 60
BOX ELDER 36,485 11,890 10,852 696 143 199 7,916 3,905 69
CACHE 70,183 22,053 20,798 990 50 215 16,787 5,181 85
CARBON 20,228 8,713 8,586 70 27 30 7,740 953 20
DAGGETT 690 825 572 43 3 207 281 384 160
DAVIS 187,941 55,777 55,306 383 18 70 54,362 1,380 35
DUCHESNE 12,645 5,860 3,222 1,820 186 632 2,336 3,147 377
EMERY 10,332 3,928 3,730 17 0 181 3,042 742 144
GARFIELD 3,980 2,488 2,053 391 10 34 570 1,884 34
GRAND 6,620 2,992 2,539 313 35 105 2,257 675 60
IRON 20,789 8,499 7,580 670 30 219 6,132 2,283 84
JUAB 5,817 2,311 2,044 134 24 109 1,542 679 90
KANE 5,169 3,237 2,442 86 6 703 1,578 1,469 190
MILLARD 11,333 4,125 3,175 809 32 109 1,893 2,166 66
MORGAN 5,528 1,681 1,011 490 20 160 714 957 10
PIUTE 1,277 704 562 63 2 77 0 645 59
RICH 1,725 1,859 1,467 289 31 72 863 801 195
SALT LAKE 725,956 257,339 255,463 1,362 162 352 253,304 3,850 185
SAN JUAN 12,621 4,650 2,958 1,069 84 539 2,250 1,185 1,215
SANPETE 16,259 6,570 5,547 610 74 339 3,208 3,107 255
SEVIER 15,431 6,059 5,423 390 15 231 3,119 2,811 129
SUMMIT 15,518 11,256 9,788 681 77 710 8,582 2,471 203
TOOELE 26,601 9,510 8,570 783 75 82 7,937 1,479 94
UINTAH 22,211 8,142 7,725 329 15 73 4,426 3,656 60
UTAH 263,590 72,820 69,874 2,383 107 456 64,657 8,099 64
WASATCH 10,089 4,465 3,468 775 66 156 2,660 1,776 29
WASHINGTON 48,560 19,523 19,045 172 28 278 16,273 3,163 87
WAYNE 2,177 1,061 882 137 0 42 65 959 37
WEBER 158,330 57,851 56,775 836 77 163 52,749 5,077 25

 

Onsite Demonstration Programs:
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There is no information available on Onsite Demonstration Programs in Utah.

Onsite Management Communities:
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There is no information available on Onsite Management Communities in Utah.